Srimad Bhagavatam Class 11.18.31 - Srila Haridas Thakur is a Great Example of Tolerance (download mp3)
by Gauranga Priya Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
nodvijeta janad dhiro
janam codvejayen na tu
deham uddisya pasu-vad
vairam kuryan na kenacit
A saintly person should never let others frighten or disturb him and, similarly, should never frighten or disturb other people. He should tolerate the insults of others and should never himself belittle anyone. He should never create hostility with anyone for the sake of the material body, for he would thus be no better than an animal.
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has stated:
trnad api su-nicena
taror iva sahisnuna
kirtaniyah sada harih
“One should chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street; one should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige and ready to offer all respect to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the holy name of the Lord constantly.”
A Vaisnava should never disturb any other living entity with his body, mind or words. He should always be tolerant and never belittle others. Although a Vaisnava may act powerfully against the demons for Lord Krsna’s sake — as did Arjuna, Hanuman and many other great devotees — a Vaisnava becomes very meek and humble in regard to his own reputation.